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When news of the union of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus broke, along with an upcoming tour it was just a matter of where to go and catch them perform live. With no run through the southernmost states, it may not have seemed genius to fly from a perfectly sunny Florida winter day to Wisconsin and a mid-teens forecast. But not knowing whether this run of dates would get extended or not, you gotta pack up your meager winter wardrobe and get on the plane.
With the promise of an overnight few inches of snow, when Lucy Dacus came on stage alone and bravely sang a brand new song to an already packed house the question of whether this northern adventure was a wise one was instantly answered.
Dacus unwittingly summed the night up best in the show’s opening moments. After trying out her new song, there was some confusion around a fan saying something about a “keeper”. Dacus wasn’t quite sure whether the fan meant the song was a keeper or, after thinking about it, that Dacus herself was a keeper. The answer to whether it’s the song or the artist is yes. Each of these talented songwriters is certainly a keeper and the night was full of carefully composed and performed songs that fit that bill equally well. Hopefully they make more music together down the line and find a way to bring this touring show to more cities. Was it worth a journey north to a state we’d never been to where we were greeted with a blast of frigid temperatures? Absolutely.
All photos: Christa Joyner Moody